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Drug suspect allegedly drops bag of coke at booking

Mario Echevarria, 35, of Verona Street was arrested early Sunday morning for possession of cocaine. Police stopped the white Dodge Durango he was driving at 12:43 a.m. and found a plastic bag of powder cocaine and a plastic straw at Echevarria's feet, police said.

Echevarria dropped a second plastic bag of cocaine from his left pocket at City Court booking, police said. He was charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

The officers were responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle at Remington Place and North Legion Drive, and saw that the Durango had no insurance.

Echevarria remained in custody at the Erie County Holding Center Sunday night.

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